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TV Violence and its Effects When children are taught how to tie their shoes it is because their parents showed them When children are taught how to do math problems it is because their teachers show them So who teaches children as young as young as six to bring a gun to school and shoot people The culprit is TV Questions about the effects of television violence have been around since the beginning of television The first mention about televisions effects upon our children can be found in many congressional hearings as early as the 1950s In addition numerous reports have been written about this subject by psychologists as well as many other credible experts and all agree about the harmful effects of television violence in relation to the behavior of children and adults who view the programming Children begin watching television at a very early age sometimes as early as six months and are intense viewers by the time that they are two or three years old In most cases the amount of televised viewing becomes greater with age and then tapers off during adolescence Andreasen 22 The violence that is viewed is more important than the amount of television that is viewed According to audience rating surveys the typical American household has the television set on for more than seven hours each day and children age two to eleven spend an average of twenty-eight hours per week viewing Andreasen 35 Overall the levels of violence in prime-time programming have averaged about five acts per hour and childrens Saturday morning programs have averaged about twenty to twenty-five violent acts per hour Andreasen 30 However a recent survey by the Center for Media and Public Affairs identified 1846 violent scenes broadcast from six am to midnight during one day in Washington DC The most violent periods were between six to nine am with four 497 violent scenes averaging about 166 per hour
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